Firefighters returned to a Richmond Road home in Lanexa late Wednesday night for what investigators are calling the second suspicious fire in as many days.
On Tuesday night around 10:30, firefighters doused fires that destroyed two mobile campers and a detached garage about 25 yards to the rear of a house at 9441 Richmond Rd. On Wednesday night just after 11:30 p.m. firefighters were called back. This time, a single-story residence that was home to two adults and two children was on fire.
No one was injured in the first fire; in the second, one resident was taken to Sentara Williamsburg Hospital for a hand injury and a firefighter suffered a minor burn after an ember caught his neck.
James City County Fire Department District Chief Bob Ryalls said the fire marshal’s office had investigators at the property all day Wednesday, trying to determine how and where the fire began. Now, they’re adding “why” to the questions.
The James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department was first to respond to the Wednesday fire, assisted by fire and EMS units from the James City and York County fire departments. Forty-three firefighters brought the fire under control within 90 minutes, but extensive damage to the home, an 880-square-foot wood structure according to the county’s property information records system, had already occurred.
The house was declared a total loss, and the Coastal Virginia Region chapter of the American Red Cross provided food, clothing and lodging assistance to the family.
Anyone with information about either fire is requested to contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 220-0626.